Local Food Systems Intern

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

1461 Old Keene Rd Athol, MA 01331 United States

Mount Grace facilitates land conservation (forests & farms), and supports local economy & community.

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The food system is the network of farms, businesses, institutions, and public services that bring food to people. Key steps include food’s production, processing, storage, distribution, preparation, and waste recovery, plus adequate land, infrastructure, and education. By strengthening local food systems, we can support farmers, improve the local economy, and engage the community in a fight for better food and better health. As a Local Food Systems intern, you will choose several aspects of the food system to explore by serving at Mount Grace and a choice of two other community organizations on a weekly schedule that fits your availability and interests. For example, you might grow vegetable starts for Mount Grace’s school gardens, join a town committee to promote the farmer’s market, and help a food pantry connect with local farmers to distribute unsold produce.

Start date

June 2 2014

End date

Aug 8 2014

Intern responsibilities

- Commit to a weekly schedule serving at Mount Grace and at least one other community organization.

- Design a project with Mount Grace in one of the following areas:
school garden upkeep
school garden lessons and/or lesson plans (K-12)
community garden outreach & workshops
design for a small greenhouse

- Design a project or community service commitment with your other chosen organization(s) to meet one of their needs

- Meet with the coordinator weekly
- Write a short report bi-weekly to record progress

Required intern qualifications

- Basic computer skills (MS Office, email)
- Able to solve problems independently
- Self-motivated, committed

Desirable, not required:
- Experience with food production (garden, farm, or greenhouse)
- Experience working with children
- Computer skills in GIS or website design
- Familiarity with one or more aspects of the food system

Desired outcomes of internship

Specific deliverables will be decided at the start of the internship.

- Support or resource for Mount Grace’s education & outreach programs
- Support, resource, or event for 1 or 2 other community organizations
- Student learning: connections and barriers in the local food system